Plaza San Martin, Lima

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The centerpiece of the World Heritage-listed city center, Plaza San Martin boasts monumental architecture and a central monument erected in honor of national hero Jose de San Martin. Designed to commemorate a century of Peruvian independence, the plaza features nicely presented gardens linking up various monuments with San Martin's central statue. The Baroque look of the surrounding buildings is in keeping with the Neocolonial style of the plaza itself, with grand structures cornering off the public space. Our Lima trip itinerary builder makes visiting Plaza San Martin and other Lima attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The plaza San Martín is one of the most beautiful of the center of Lima, surrounded by old buildings. Around there are several interesting points to visit some museums and restaurants. Is it located close to the plaza de armas and the Government Palace.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This place is beautiful at night. Stunning buildings surround a bustling square. Lit up at night, it gives a great effect!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Nice plaza that most people will think is the main one at first... Until you visit the actual Plaza de Armas. This is a great location to branch off of and find other things to do - as well as joining...  more »
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  • July 23, 2017
    Very nice square indeed, it was our first stop in Lima where we heard the story of the (previously) famous and prestigious hotel there of Simon Bolivar, and the story of the liberator of Peru San Martin. It's safe too as the presence of police in every corner was assuring.
  • May 31, 2017
    Plaza San Martín is a modest town square comprising green areas, paths, statues and a fountain. It has been laid out to discourage passing through it diagonally as a short-cut, with the main entrances being mid-way along the block. It's a pleasant enough space to spend a few minutes, or to eat lunch on a park bench, but it's not really an attraction in itself. The plaza is surrounded by grand old buildings.
  • February 9, 2017
    Truly incredible and grand colonial architecture with beautiful lighting at night. Bustling activity throughout the day. A definite stop for touring lima. Very close to other stunning buildings and the presidential palace. Easy taxi service around the clock. Security is always close but barely noticeable. Safe feeling all day and night. Big your camera.
  • May 28, 2017
    2nd Important square in Lima downtown, safe place to walk around, but no more than 7pm, these place is the beginning of any demonstrations​,so if you see some of them it would be better to keep away
  • June 6, 2017
    Cool place to check out while you're in Lima. Really interesting architecture and plenty of cheap food around. Expect cool lights at dusk!

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